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Rhyme (qāfiya) is the recurrence of one sound or a number of sounds in the final position of poetic lines. Such recurrence is intrinsic to the music of verse. It plays the part of a recurrent refrain that lulls the ears of the listener and leaves the listener in a state of expectancy. The listener enjoys the recurrence of the refrain at regular temporal intervals, after a set of syllables that is determined by an intricate system of meter (wazn).

Monorhyme characterizes Arabic poetry; that is to say, all lines have the same rhyme throughout the whole poem. Each line is composed of two hemistichs (š…

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Soheir G. Mahfouz, “Rhyme”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0290>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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